Tuesday, November 13, 2018

POP KULT WARLORD now in print!


PerfectQuestion is back! He's running and gunning his way across an incredible civilization-building game set on Mars. But this time he's employed as an online ringer for a corrupt dictatorship and trying to avoid getting "disappeared" in a reckless world of intrigue, epic parties, sports cars, and women who are as dangerous as they are beautiful.

Five million in gold says he can do it and put the next Sultan on the throne by leading a rag-tag clan of gaming jihadis to victory, but revolution and revolt are afoot. The long knives are out in Calistan for the hero of Soda Pop Soldier and anyone else who gets in a murderous prince's way.

Paperback. 396 pages. Available for $19.99 from Castalia House Direct.

Also available from Nick Cole: Soda Pop Soldier and Ctrl-Alt-Revolt!

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Blogger P Glenrothes November 13, 2018 2:25 PM  

I'm currently listening to Soda Pop Soldier on Audible. Just like a great video game, it's immersive. Excellent, fast paced story. The narration by Guy Williams is outstanding, insightful and mood appropriate. I can't get the audible version of Pop Kult Warload soon enough.

Blogger Cataline Sergius November 13, 2018 3:11 PM  

I have a little disturbing news.

I think it's being shadow banned by somebody at Amazon.

The first couple of times I typed in "Pop Kult" the auto fill in added "Pop Kult Warlord". And I was there at Nick's book.

The last time couple of times I typed in "Pop Kult" the auto fill in helpfully added. "Pop Kulture Warlord" and took me to a page that had nothing to do with Nick's book. It was just a redirect for "pop culture warlord".

This does not strike me as an accident.

Blogger jaericho November 13, 2018 3:16 PM  

I typed in "Pop Kult" into search (incognito mode) and the auto fill said "Pop Kulture Warlord" however the search still had Nick's book as the first result.

Blogger Brick Hardslab November 13, 2018 3:41 PM  

Amazon took me to generic sword and sorcery for Pop-Kult Warlord.

Blogger Servant of the Chief November 13, 2018 4:04 PM  

I honestly enjoy Nick's books more than I thought I would.

Took me an embarrassing amount of time to figure out the real backstory to the setting's Meltdown was, and looking back, it was painfully obvious. However despite the future tech present in the game systems, I really appreciate how it doesn't go into the 'full dive' VR bullshit you see in things like ready player one, still with realistic believable controls even if the game systems and processing power represented in the books is fucking God like compared to ours. I would invest so much time in a game like Civcraft, it'd be crazy, but fuck me if it doesn't paint a bleak, but believable future with microtransactions. That said, the interfacing of the economy of the world and gaming leaves a bit more to be desired. Sure, I imagine in a few generations time we will have health and education classes and courses and the like dedicated to gaming given how from here on out so long as we dont technologically backslide this is just going to be a facet of our civilisation, but I do not see a superbowl like event being able to replace the actual superbowl or real sports in popularity or profitability, matching it? Perhaps, but not replacing it. (if SJWs kill the actual superbowl, it will just be replaced with one that actually caters to peoples' demand) why exactly do national teams have sponsored clans on Civcraft other than for dick measuring? Especially when its not as popular as Warworld? I get advertisers use warworld to get corporations to bid for advertising spaces in the real world because its popularity means marketing has an absolute field day with it, and, presumably, the population and interconnectivity of the world is such that even if it only applies to a minority of the overall population of consumers, thats still an insane slice of the pie. But these are nitpicks that can be filled out in a third book with more worldbuilding, which is more of what I really want from Nick and his world, the gaming aspect is genuinely interesting but I really want to know more about the world going on around his characters.

Blogger Revelation Means Hope November 13, 2018 4:06 PM  

Either way, all 3 of those books by Nick Cole are truly outstanding.

Disclaimer, I haven't finished Pop Kult Warlord, but several chapters into it, it seems to be even better than the previous. As hard as that may be to imagine.

Blogger NobobyExpects November 13, 2018 4:13 PM  

Bought PKW today, immediately after reading SPS. I agree very much with you.

There is also the progress of PerfectQuestion through the sociosexual hierarchy that could be seen in Soda Pop Soldier.

Blogger tublecane November 13, 2018 4:25 PM  

Where did that cool, exasperated but still authoritative guy sitting on a chair ready for further action if need be image derive from? What is the Ur-example?

I was thinking of Napoleon paintings, but in the one he's ready to conquer the world and in the other he looks defeated

Blogger Rex Leroy King November 13, 2018 4:35 PM  

tublecane wrote:Where did that cool, exasperated but still authoritative guy sitting on a chair ready for further action if need be image derive from? What is the Ur-example?

Reminds me of a Boris Vallejo painting I can't quite remember. Tarzan or Conan?

Blogger Taqiyyotomist November 13, 2018 5:48 PM  

OT, I'm not a fan of EVS, or 2VS, but this is priceless commentary.

Blogger David The Good November 13, 2018 5:59 PM  

PKW was awesome. Finished it last night. I don't read a lot of fiction these days but had to read this one, since Soda Pop Soldier was so good.

Blogger P Glenrothes November 13, 2018 7:43 PM  

Hmmm, let me see. Sancerre' or The Oubliette of Torment?

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit November 13, 2018 9:36 PM  

Chuck Dixon. Nick Cole. John C. Wright. Gotta give Vox Day credit for knowing sheer storytelling mastery when he sees it. Keep up the good work Castalia.

N.B. If you've just spent a month reading 30-odd trad pub YA there's no better palate cleanser than Mr. Dixon's Levant Cade series.

Blogger weka November 13, 2018 10:53 PM  

Read it and enjoyed it... The world building is a little too realistic

Blogger Freddy November 14, 2018 1:07 AM  

peace brothers

Blogger Resident Moron™ November 14, 2018 8:08 AM  

Reading this atm. One of those I’m dragging out because I know when it’s finished I’m going to be pissed the next one isn’t available. Yes, they’re that good.

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